Rangers are finally back to where they belong in the Premier League. We also have a Scottish Cup final against Hibernian to look forward to, and the fans are absolutely delighted with their management team, and now everyone seems to be very happy in the Rangers camp.
The main objective for the management team, scouts and their incoming players’ agents at this time of the season is to look through the hundreds of players that will become available this summer and decide which ones they can afford, and if they will eventually sign any of them if they prove to be very good value for money. I am looking forward with great delight to proving our quality in the Premier League, depending on our new signings performing next season of course.
Many fans are saying, “Don’t dredge up the past, and forgive everybody that was against us, in our hour of need”. Well I am halfway between deciding what way to go with that attitude. I really do think that Rangers have truly recovered, and now that we have, I think that certain things have to be said first, before I can move on sufficiently, to do all the forgiving. If I even should.
Could the SFA or the Scottish Government, have done anything to help their world-record breaking football team, Rangers F C? Why would they allow a Glasgow giant like Rangers, who have played in European cups and finals for the past hundred years plus to nearly fall into the abyss? Especially when they have been such a credit to their country for so many years.
I would like to think that they stood back and did nothing in the hope that the SPL could and would do the sensible thing for the whole of Scottish football and be able to come up with a feasible and agreeable idea to save the state of an already weak Scottish Premier League, which had already become a two-horse race between Rangers v Celtic every year.
For the last fifteen years or more, the SPL was mainly considered to be a Mickey Mouse League, down in England. This was before losing a team of the calibre and quality of Rangers. Once they were expelled, unfortunately it became an uncompetitive joke league, with Sky TV reducing the fees for showing very poor meaningless games and the viewing figures plummeting, along with the attendances at grounds throughout the country.
Could you imagine the Spanish Government or their football association doing absolutely nothing to prevent Barcelona or Real Madrid from almost going out of the game – not a chance!
It all seemed so unfair that nobody was prepared to say anything decent or constructive about our plight or even try to defend us. Everybody came out of the woodwork to stick their very biased opinions of all the bad things that should happen to Rangers. The fans had the right to think that St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Dunfermline, Dundee United etc. would want to keep us in the SPL, as we always sold out our away tickets, which helped these clubs to survive financially for years. Where were all our ‘friends’ when we really needed them?
Rangers; with a team that was full of senior and young internationalists throughout the squad. Why did the powers-that-be stand by and watch Scottish football committing the equivalent of financial suicide for every team in the SPL? It simply didn’t make sense to anybody that understood the situation. What were they thinking (or not thinking)?
Now let’s be very honest here, Rangers did make monumental financial mistakes in the running of the club for years, but so do other teams in almost every country in the world.
Donald Trump has been bankrupt a few times in his life, but he fought back each time, and could soon be the President of the United States. Making mistakes in business does and can happen, and you can fully recover to be successful again.
However, some good has come out of the fiasco, as I loved the way the fans reacted as one to unite the club and its supporters together to save the dire situation we were all in, with crowds of over 40,000 at Ibrox for every home match against Third Division teams, absolutely astonishing figures from the best and most loyal fans – in the world. We are indeed the people who did it (you see what I did there)?
It has been a very long road back, which started with Ally McCoist and was completed by Mark Warburton. It wasn’t just a relegation – Rangers were ‘dumped’ into the bottom league. Nobody could actually believe it would happen to us. Let’s be honest, it should never have happened and it was a disgusting, bitter pill for us all to swallow. But as I have said, I loved the way everyone at the club stuck together and fought to get us out of the lower leagues, and back to where we undoubtedly belong.
Do you think that I (or any of us) should forgive everybody that let us down so badly four years ago, when we really needed them?